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Daily Digest 12/16 - Mexico To Join Oil Boom, Are Farms The Next Terrorist Target?

Monday, December 16, 2013, 10:26 AM

Economy

Powerful New Tool Helps People Learn to Read and Write in English Without Years of Schooling (Arthur Robey)

The $50,000 goal the group has set will provide enough capital to design and implement a functional demo by early 2014 that will demonstrate the power of this tool and hopefully garner enough investor support to launch Project Unspell on a much larger scale. The fundraising campaign not only gives people the opportunity to participate in a Cool Indiegogo project; it also allows contributors to obtain all of Project Unspells downloads for free, request all materials the group will be publishing at cost, become an alpha tester for Unspell products, and display the contributors name, organization and web link on the contributors page of Unspell.it.

Yet Another Massive Nail In The Dollar's Coffin (pinecarr)

This means that when a rice distributor in Vietnam does business with a Brazilian merchant, they’ll close the deal by trading US dollars with each other… even though neither nation actually uses the dollar.

It’s been this way since World War II, simply because there has been such a long tradition of trust in the United States, and a steady supply of dollars throughout the world.

Gold Cartel Catch 22 (Chris F.)

This has to be one of the best, concise videos on gold price manipulation I’ve seen. The ultimate question remains, will central banks lose control over the manipulation or will they be able to maintain and continue their scheme despite the increasing demand for physical gold and silver? As mentioned in a previous post, silver is now at below its marginal cost of production. Most miners will lose money at these current precious metals prices which will put even greater pressure on the already tight supply from strong buying demand. Is the perfect storm in the cards for Gold?

Google acquires Boston Dynamics, a leading robotics company (Chris M.)

Boston Dynamics has typically done work for DARPA and the Pentagon. The company is mostly known for its noisy, four-legged robots, with names like BigDog and AlphaDog. The robots can traverse difficult terrain like snow, muddy mountainside, and ice, and they can even stay upright after a surprise kick from a human. BigDog can carry up to 340 lbs and was originally developed for DARPA as a military pack mule. They've since affixed an arm to BigDog that can throw a cinder block up to 17ft. The company has also worked on faster four-legged robots, like the Cheetah, which can hit 28.3mph—a little faster than the fastest human.

Food (In)security: Are Farms The Next Terrorist Target? (jdargis)

In the decade since the raid, this scare story has spread far and wide — in FBI trainings, at Congressional hearings on homeland security, in hawkish punditry. The details vary — sometimes it’s a small Navy SEAL team, other times it’s a full deployment of coalition forces. In some versions, the soldiers raided caves; in others it was an underground bunker or an Al Qaeda training camp. The document list varies, as does the year of the raid. But no matter the details, the takeaway message is the same: Our farms are targets.

Mexico Readies to Join North American Oil Boom (James S.)

North of the Mexican border, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Sen. Pat Murray, his counterpart in the Senate Banking Committee, proposed a budget measure that would open the shared maritime border between the United States and Mexico up for oil and gas drilling. That deal, the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement, would give explorers access to 172 million barrels of oil and 304 billion cubic feet of natural gas.

Drones Could Revolutionize Agriculture, Farmers Say (westcoastjan)

Experts point to agriculture as the most promising commercial market for drones because the technology is a perfect fit for large-scale farms and vast rural areas where privacy and safety issues are less of a concern.

Already, farmers, researchers and companies are developing unmanned aircraft systems equipped with cameras and other sensors to survey crops, monitor for disease or precision-spray pesticides and fertilizers.

Accused of Harming Bees, Bayer Researches a Different Culprit (jdargis)

Bayer is one of the major producers of a type of pesticide that the European Union has linked to the large-scale die-offs of honey bee populations in North America and Western Europe. They are known as neonicotinoids, a relatively new nicotine-derived class of pesticide. The pesticide was banned this year for use on many flowering crops in Europe that attract honey bees.

Gold & Silver

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Plum Island

I hate to say it but I can't think of any reason to move the facility off Plum Island except to make a false flag operation easier.

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It really is all fake, you know.

To accept that we've been bamboozled, ripped off, taken advantage of and ultimately cheated out of an authentic economy and life by swindlers is too painful.

http://www.oftwominds.com/blogdec13/whats-real-fake12-13.html

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Plum Island is an antiquated facility

jonesb.mta wrote:

I hate to say it but I can't think of any reason to move the facility off Plum Island except to make a false flag operation easier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plum_Island_Animal_Disease_Center

But the island location is ideal.

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The Death Of Materialism.

And the rise of Experientialism.

Perhaps this is another nail in the coffin of capitalism. The fundamental reason for the drop in the velocity of money and why the QE programs cannot get the money out into main street and the banks are constipated with whatever they consider to be money.

People just don't want "stuff" any more. The consumers are revolting.

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'Doom loop' spells danger for Europe's debt markets

CNBC makes the stunning discovery smiley that the dangers of European bank failure and European sovereign debt crisis are connected:

'Doom loop' spells danger for Europe's debt markets

Below is a quote from the CNBC article.  Here is a link to the original report:  

EU-wide Transparency Exercise 2013 Summary Report

Cheers, Hugh

However, many analysts warn that the link between weak governments and weak banks is creating a "doom loop" with the potential for banks and sovereigns to drag one another down during a crisis. 

The report – which details the exposure from 64 European banks from 21 countries - shows that the net exposure of banks to sovereign debt fell 9 percent in 2011, but then rose 9.3 percent in the 18 months to June this year.

Ninety nine percent of the 23 billion euros of Greek government debt held by European banks was held by its domestic lenders, the figures from June show. That is an increase from a 67 percent figure in June 2010.

Spanish banks hold 89 percent of Spain's government's debt, according to the EBA, whilst Italy's banks hold 89 percent of Italian debt and Cypriot banks hold 84 percent of Cyprus' sovereign debt. German banks hold less German sovereign debt, down to 72 percent from 76 percent in 2010. Finnish lenders, in contrast, hold just 6 percent of their own government's bonds.   Source

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